Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Secret Scripture (Sebastian Barry) - Book Review

The Secret ScriptureThe Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Cover: Lame and weird.
Title: Where'd that really come from?
Story: ULTRA-lame, and the "twist" made me roll my eyes so hard they almost got stuck.
Writing style: Unbelievably gorgeous. Oh my goodness. SO many quotes to save, and thanks to Goodreads for making that easy!
Good stuff: The care and sympathy the doctor and Roseanne had for each other was so gentle and lovely to read about and observe. The descriptions of Ireland made me drool. Someone please take me there asap. Roseanne's loyalty and honor for her father was just so sweet.
Bad stuff: Some strong language, a one-night stand, an attempted rape, and some violence.

Basically I wanted to read this before I saw the movie (which I hear is equally as bad), so I accomplished my goal, but wasn't super excited about it.

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How Not to Die (Michael Greger) - Book Review

How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse DiseaseHow Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease by Michael Greger
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow, this was so enlightening, inspiring, hopeful, down-to-earth, and actually quite fun! Dr. Greger has a great sense of humor, as well as a wonderful way of putting all the over-your-head medical speak in simple, understandable terms so nothing feels out-of-reach.

Things you should know going into this book:
- He is not paid to promote anything. Even his website (NutritionFacts.org) is 100% free. This is a labor of love for him. He saw his grandmother cured on a plant-based diet and was inspired to help others experience the same.
- The book does however, recommend completely dropping meat, eggs, and dairy from one's diet. Not because being vegan or vegetarian is trendy, but because the science just shows it's healthier.
- He is pro-vaccine, anti-kombucha. lol
- Do NOT be intimidated by the size of this book! I picked it up from the library hold shelf and was like, "Should I even try to get through this?? It looks like a textbook!" GOOD NEWS! The last third is entirely notes that you probably wouldn't even read, so that brings the entire book down to a readable amount (at least for me).
- The layout is great, and would actually almost work better as a reference book than a read-straight-through. The first half discusses the top 15 ways people die in America and how a plant-based diet can cure them, and the second half talks about what exactly the PB diet looks like. Think specifics. (Flaxseeds, what kinds of beans count, what kinds of fruit, how to include everything on a daily basis, etc.)
- It really is a fun read! He's super funny and I LOLed lots. Didn't expect that from a book called How Not to Die.

Definitely need a copy for my personal library, as this will be a book I will reference a lot in the future. It really gave me hope that, while I might not go totally PB, a majorly cleaned-up diet could do wonders to reverse damage that has already been and is being done, and prevent future issues from arising.

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Book Review - My Plea for the Old Sword (Ian Paisley)

My Plea for the Old SwordMy Plea for the Old Sword by Ian Paisley
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Let me say first that I am 100% a KJV-only person. But unlike Mr. Paisley, I don't beat people over the head with it. This book, with its ridiculous ALL CAPS and BOLD SENTENCES and random italics felt more like being forced to chug 2 gallons of water (something that's good for me) in a matter of 5 minutes (feeling quite unpleasantly like drowning).

Now, hopefully I am deeper than just letting the things above scare me away from the actual facts and message the author is sharing. I did read the entire book, and I did try to soak up what info he shared, but it was really very hard to fully pay attention when his haughty, over-one's-head vocabulary clogged everything up. It just screamed "OBVIOUSLY THIS IS THE TRUTH AND YOU ALL ARE DUMMIES!!!!"

Did I get anything out of this? Yes. In addition to a few beautiful, majestic quotes from others that have written on this subject, I also enjoyed the two chapters that described the group of men that carefully translated the KJV we have today, and the techniques those men used. (This was by far the most interesting thing I've read pertaining to the translation issue.) Why was it important to them to keep the original "thee"s and "thy"s? How did they decide which word to use when multiple ones could work?

A very important topic that is dealt with in the penultimate chapter is the verbal preservation of the Scriptures. If one believes in Divine Revelation and Divine Inspiration, but no Divine Preservation, it will be no wonder that modern corrupt versions are born, because how could anyone be proud and foolish enough to claim their translation is the real deal? One's version is just as good as anyone else's. It is imperative to understand and believe that God in His sovereignty and care for His followers in all ages provided a text/translation/version that accurately captures and preserves His original message.

All in all, I'd be thankful to find a different book on the topic, but this was not entirely useless and annoying, and considering it is a very short read, it wouldn't hurt to add it to your list of KJV defenses.

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